Tag: education

Chicago Defender Interview: Grace Chan McKibben Breaking The Mold

In a recent interview with The Chicago Defender, I talked about my background, experiences, and ability to build relationships across traditional barriers. ““My experience as an Asian woman, an Asian American woman, is that I am usually the only Asian wherever I go,” said McKibben. “I’m used to being the only person that looks like me in various different arenas and I can’t change the way I look, I can’t change my background, but what I can bring is my own unique story, my own unique set of experiences, skills, personality, story, and everything to the table.””

You can read the complete interview on the Chicago Defender by clicking here.

Standing With The Students Of Kenwood Academy

Just came from the Kenwood Academy walkout, I’m so proud to stand with these incredible students who have brought such passion, eloquence, and organizing prowess to the gun debate. Their idealism stands in stark contrast to the cynicism of our politicians, as exemplified by Governor Rauner’s veto of the gun dealer registration bill yesterday. I was also extremely heartened to hear the organizers call for similar protests around school closures. These kids are living proof of the kind of citizens our public schools and our communities are capable of producing when we properly invest in them.

Chicago Sun-Times Interview: Grace Chan McKibben, IL House 25th District Democratic Primary Candidate

In this interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Grace talks about her qualifications and policy positions for Illinois 25th District Representative. “My top three priorities are to ensure there is adequate funding for public education and having an elected school board and also adequate funding for social services for the needy community. And finally, to have a budget that makes sense for Illinois.” You can read the complete interview by clicking here.

An Endorsement!

So excited to be endorsed by Julie Vassilatos, Hyde Parker, public schools advocate, and author of the popular education blog Chicago Public Fools.

“25th District voters, I am endorsing Grace Chan McKibben for her support of a fully elected school board and her nuanced understanding that some sources of revenue are just not worth it.”

There is certainly a great deal happening in CPS right now. Much to pay attention to! We’ve got new CEO Janice Jackson trying to deal with the fallout from the previous CEO’s special education funding-revamp chicanery. We have a series of ongoing hearings about the latest round of school closing plans …